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written by Walter de la Mare
Songs of Childhood (1902), 1916 ed.

Child, do you love the flower
    Ashine with colour and dew
Lighting its transient hour?
    So I love you.

The lambs in the mead are at play,
    'Neath a hurdle the shepherd's asleep;
From height to height of the day
    The sunbeams sweep.

Evening will come. And alone
    The dreamer the dark will beguile;
All the world will be gone
    For a dream's brief while.

Then I shall be old; and away:
    And you, with sad joy in your eyes,
Will brood over children at play
    With as loveful surmise.

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